Happy Friday people! TGIF! This week was the last one until the end of the year that didn’t really have big plans – though I did still get to hang out with some of my favorite people over coffee, diet coke and goat cheese dip. I feel like I should use the weekend to rest up but I have promised the boys we would decorate the house for Christmas and shock of all shocks, I intend to put up our Christmas tree. Anyone want to place bets on how long it takes for Jack to knock it down or how often George will growl at it (it’s 4 years after we got our curbside recycling bin and he still barks at it every other Friday night when he goes outside to do his business)?
1. What do you give teachers for gifts?
For daycare I make up a BIG tray of Christmas goodies (gifts of food = my love language) and bring it in for everyone to eat and with baggies so they can take stuff home for themselves. For Liam, I contribute to the teacher gift and do a little something extra because I want her to know how truly much we appreciate her!
2. Do you text? One finger texter or total pro?
Do I text? Please let me refer you to this post and this one. So yes, I text, to me texting as a 30-something is like when I used to talk on the phone as a teenager and how I first used FB… a necessary means of communication, much preferred to all others (except with my parents who I love to talk to on the phone). I go back and forth with my texting, if I do it one fingered, it’s using my Swype keyboard (have I mentioned that I LOVE IT!?) and sometimes I type with my pointer finger on my right and the thumb of my left, it’s strange, but it works. If quantity of texts sent are any indicator, I am a total pro. I celebrate when close friends get unlimited texting plans. It’s sad but true.
3. Do you give back during the holidays? If so, in what way/which is your favorite charity?
We give back year-round, not just during the holidays. Sure, it’s so much more in your face at the holidays between the bell-ringers (Simon used to work for the Salvation Army and when I met him, he was in charge of the bell ringers so I had my fair share of it and cannot walk past one without putting something in, even though he doesn’t work there anymore), Angel Tree stuff and year-end pleas for financial support from every non-profit organization but charity is an all-the-time thing and there are all-the-time needs everywhere in the world. I wish more people put in as much effort as they do at Christmas during the rest of the year. I like charities that help with addressing the base reasons for the problems – lack of nutrition leads to being behind educationally which leads to being behind in life – and cover basic needs – like food, water, clothing, shelter. I believe in fixing problems, not putting bandages on gushing wounds.
4. If you would’ve been the sole winner of the 575+ million dollar Powerball jackpot, what would you have done with all that money?
Wouldn’t that be a wonderful problem to have? It is my (not-so-) secret desire to be independently wealthy (talked about here and here). I guess I’d buy all the things in this post, plus a house in Australia and make sure our family was taken care of for the rest of our lives and then I would get to work making the money make more money and fixing the world’s problems. No big deal.
5. Will you please take just a moment to spread the word and pray about Mama M’s friend’s missing family members? There still is no news, and I can’t imagine their pain and worry. Facebook prayer page: Prayers for Trista, Shy and Matt
Linking up with Mama M for Five Question Friday.